The Portsmouth Fly by Thomas Rowlandson

Rowlandson's painting shows the 'fly', a fast horse-drawn carriage crammed with people, heading towards Portsmouth down the London Road.

Details

Medium:
Pen & ink & watercolour
Dimensions:
25.4 x 37.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £17,000)
Acquired in:
2012
Vendor:
Lowell Libson

The background captures some of the city's iconic sights, including Southsea Castle, Portsea Island and Portchester Castle.

Provenance

General Sir Arthus Wynee; Hildegarde Loretta Sell and Anna Sosenko; Mr Marc Fitch, 1987; private collection.

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